The Christmas Quilt
Quilts of Love
by Vannetta Chapman
-From the back cover-
Babies have their own schedule.
But so does God.
Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife. And most days, she finds herself taking the buggy to her brother Adam's home.
When her friend Leah is due to deliver her first child before Christmas, Annie becomes determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. But God's plans are different from Annie's, and she may not finish the quilt in time. As each piece of the quilt comes together, Annie discovers the quilt holds far greater significance than she ever imagined.
I am not usually a fan of Christmas stories, but I love Vannetta Chapman's writing, so I knew there was a really good chance I would like The Christmas Quilt. I was close but not quite there. This book is my absolute favorite Christmas novel I have read yet!
This is the story of two Amish women that are not only best friends but sisters-in-law as well. Annie left the Amish to get her nursing degree but returned to her childhood faith and is now happily married. Leah is expecting twins and things seem to be a little distant between her and her husband.
When Leah has to stay in the hospital for an extended period of time Annie stays with her and the two women start working on the crib quilt together. Leah can't do much in that hospital bed so Annie starts telling a story for each block on the quilt. With 9 blocks they decide to tie the stories in with the Fruits Of The Spirit; some of these wonderful stories come from some rather unexpected sources.
This Book earned a 4.5 Bark rating.
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Don't forget a box of tissues for you tender-hearted ladies. The Christmas Quilt is heartwarming and yet a little bit of a tear-jerker. Sweet with gentle lessons for everyone. Readers will not be disappointed in this lovely Christmas tale.
A gentle and moving story this is a Christmas must-read for any lover of Amish fiction or wonderful stories in general.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives The Christmas Quilt by Vannetta Chapman a 4.5 Bark rating.
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Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press (October 15, 2013)